Updated: Again, Labour blasts Ngige, threatens him with picketing, protests

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The Organised Labour has again castigated Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, over his alleged refusal to inaugurate the Board of the Nigerian Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), which Labour claims is led by Frank Kokori even as union leaders threatened to embark on picketing and protests against any interest related to the Minister tomorrow, Wednesday.

The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said this during a press conference, on Tuesday in Abuja, where he accused the minister of habouring corrupt tendencies, nepotism and with the intent of running the NSITF as a sole administrator.

Recall that the Organised Labour had  has hit the Minister with scathing criticisms and issued an ultimatum to him to inaugurate the Kokori-led board before last Wednesday’s International Workers Day celebration, but the Minister has maintained his position, saying that Austine Enajemo-Isere remains the man to chair the board according to the provisions of the NSITF Act.

The Ministry of Labour and Employment had through a statement announced the replacement of Comrade Frank Kokori with Austine Enajemo-Isere and his transfer to the Board of Michael Imodu National Institute of Labour Studies (MINLS) Ilorin, a diploma awarding institution in Labour Relations as Chairman, which it added followed due process and has the necessary presidential approval.

“The approval for this exercise was given by the appropriate approving authority which is the President and duly communicated to the Ministry of Labour and Employment. This is also in line with the Act establishing the NSITF which confers such powers on the President on the recommendation of the Hon. Minister,” the ministry had said.

However, the NLC President told the news conference that the it was the Frank Kokori led board that was approved by the Presidency adding that Kokori had been cleared by the Department